Sunday, April 16, 2006

Mostly wool

All morning working fingers to the bone over the microwave, dyeing lots of skeins of handspun - Shetland and Wensleydale wool. Here they all are drying on a clothes horse in the conservatory, with Jazz supervising. Interesting to see how the different wools take the dye differently.

The Knitting Curmudgeon has a competition running for a "Fib" - a sort of haiku, only with syllables in a Fibonnacci series. Here's one:
Colours bright,
Dyeing wool today -
I can't wait to start to knit it.

This is the new current knitting project - a side to side cardigan in stripes of neutrals and orangey tones; provisional cast on at centre back and worked to centre front, then again from centre back to the other centre front. If there's enough wool, it might have sleeves.

And this is a lichen-covered telegraph pole spotted on a walk today. Amazing colour!

The ice cream van has been busy this week - a few days ago it was playing the Teddy Bears' Picnic, and today the theme from Monty Python's Flying Circus.


Ruby in Bury said...

The wools look great - what a lovely puss-cat too!!

Yes, the lichen is an amazing colour indeed. I wouldn't have known what it was unless you'd said. I thought it was some form of exotic natural dye you must use for the wool :-)

stitchwort said...

Thank you kindly re the wool - the cat looks handsome, but he and I don't really get on. He's my husband's cat, only tolerates me when DH is not about, or he urgently requires food.
When I saw the telegraph pole, I thought it must have been painted, but it was definitely lichen.
Natural dyes are something I haven't tried yet - probably will one day, though.